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The Batchelder Award is given to the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.
Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. for My Family for the War, written by Anne C. Voorhoeve, translated by Tammi Reichel
The book tells the story of 11-year-old Ziska who is Protestant but because of her Jewish heritage flees Nazi Germany via one of the secret trains called kindertransports. When she joins an Orthodox Jewish household in London, she gains a new family for the war.
“’My Family for the War’ is an outstanding book about terrible choices. It is a story of hope, humor, endurance and even romance,” said Batchelder Award Committee ChairJean Hatfield.
2013 Honor Books
Graphic Universe, a division of Lerner Publishing Group for A Game for Swallows: To Die, To Leave, To Return, written and illustrated by Zeina Abirached, and translated by Edward Gauvin.
In her graphic novel memoir, Abirached focuses on one night during the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990) during which she, her brother, and their neighbors huddle in the safest corner of their apartment sharing memories, food and comfort.
“Stark black and white illustrations strikingly depict a caring community formed during the grim reality of war, creating an unforgettable memoir,” said Hatfield.
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. for Son of a Gun, written by Anne de Graaf, and translated by the author.
Told through the eyes of a young sister and brother caught up in the Liberian Civil War, this story depicts the lives of child soldiers. De Graaf’s research grounds the book in fact, and the character’s voices give a sense of the horror and hope they experience.
“This powerful, straightforward account of the lives of children caught up in the turmoil of war will stay with the reader long after the story ends.” said Hatfield.
Members of the 2013 Batchelder Award Committee are: Chair Jean Hatfield, Wichita (Kan.) Public Library, Alford Branch; Diane E. Janoff, Queens Library – Poppenhusen, College Point, N.Y.; Sharon Levin, Children’s Literature Reviewer, Redwood City, Calif.; Erin Reilly-Sanders, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio; and Judith E. Rodgers, Wayzata Central Middle School, Plymouth, Minn.